Visitors Comments

Here are some of the things our visitors have to say about their experience of Craigston:


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“Our group had the most wonderful time at Craigston. The Castle is a treasure and even more spectacular than the photos. William and Barbara were incredible hosts, taking us around the Castle, showing us around and providing us with everything you could possibly want. I’m not accustomed to gushing in these reviews but you will not regret staying at Craigston, it is a truly special place.”

David, Summer 2017


“We just finished a 4 night stay at Craigston Castle near Turriff in Scotland and couldn’t have had a better time … Amazing estate, winding staircases, secret rooms, ghost stories, grand rooms, turrets, everything you could imagine when staying in a castle. Adding to the magic of the castle is the graciousness of the owner, host and Laird, William. He could not have been more welcoming, humble or informative. He showed us the secret passageways, secret library and wine cellar and told us all of the castle stories/secrets. Anyone who has ever thought “it would be cool to stay in a castle” should look no further than Craigston Castle. A magical time that we will hopefully be able to do again some day in the future.”

Macee Hulm Wilber, Summer 2017, Summer 2017


“We had the true experience of living in a Castle with my whole family coming from Mexico, Argentina, Italy, Canada and Germany. We choose Craigston Castle for our family reunion and it was awesome. We had the experience of a lifetime and the time of our lives.”

María José Amson, Summer 2017


“One of the most lovely places I have had the pleasure of staying in. Steeped in history and with the most amazing hosts Claus and Barbara. It was like a very grand ‘home from home’. I would recommend this wonderful venue to anyone look for a very special stay.”

Nicole Lee Stachowiak, January 2017


40thbirthday“Wow what a weekend! Went for my brother-in-law’s 40th birthday and never wanted to leave. Craigstone Castle is an amazing place everything you could ever dream for a break in Scotland. A combination of the atmosphere of Outlander and Downton Abbey, Craigstone Castle surpasses all expectations.”

Simon Culley, January 2017


We spent a lovely week at the castle with another family.
We managed to fit in fishing, riding, shooting and a bonfire on NY eve.
Couldn’t have done it without the helpfulness and loveliness of Barbara and Claus. The castle is very beautiful and cozy. Truly recommend it!

Olivia Mifsud, January 2017


We had an amazing New Year stay with our friends, (another family) for a week. Claus and Barbara are so welcoming and really went out of their way to accommodate our demanding agenda! Thank you so much – the castle and the experiences will stay in our hearts for a very long time.

Victoria Sparkes, January 2017


Review of Craigston Castle self catering accommodation“Thank you Craigston Castle!!! We had a great time on your estate. All 20 guests had a fantastic time. Especially I was in love. My 40th birthday could not have been better. Great place, great house, great support and all with the special “etwas” as we say in Germany. I will come back. Barbara and Claus: you are a special highlight!”

Scott Lipinski, September 2016


August2016-web“From family games of hide and seek to long walks through the grounds to plastic sword fights on the sprawling lawn, Craigston helped us create magical memories for our family. We loved our time there and Claus and Barbara were such warm hosts that our entire stay felt a lot like a visit to Grandma and Grandpa…in a castle. We highly recommend Craigston and hope to visit again.”

Kevin Knight, August 2016


“Thank you for allowing us to rent Craigston Castle! The castle experience really added to our trip and you made us feel so welcome. Everyone in the group really enjoyed meeting and spending time with you and your knowledge of the castle really made the experience more genuine.”

Jacob Wilson, August 2016


July2016“Thank you for an amazing stay at your fairytale castle. We had an amazing 4 days and lived like royalties. The hosts Barbara and Claus made sure we had everything we needed, and were very helpful during the whole stay. A very warm and friendly enviroment. We hope to come back some day and highly recommend a stay here.”

Elisabeth Flagtvedt, July 2016


“Mange mange tak for en pragtfuld uge på Craigston Castle. Her har vi hørt historiens vingesus blandet med en utrolig hjemlig hygge i det 400 år gamle slot. Selve slottet og området omkring det byder hele tiden på interessante og uventede oplevelser, selv for os der ikke går efter Skotlands hovedattraktioner golf, jagt og fiskeri.
I bilafstand har vi set den dramatiske og smukke kyst med fuglefjelde, hummerfiskere, små fremragende restauranter og mange kendte og mindre kendte whiskydestillerier.
Barbara og Claus er forbilledlige værter og utroligt vidende guider der forstærker oplevelserne, og oplevelser kommer der helt sikkert. Vi kan kun med stor glæde anbefale Craigston Carstle.”

Irena og Mogens, July 2016


“Fantastic place to stay. Would highly recommend it. Such a special experience.”

Lina Stahl, March 2016


Baby shower lunch at Craigston“Thank you so much again to William, Barbara & Claus for letting us have the Baby Shower at the castle. Everyone had an amazing time & they have all fallen in love with the castle. The mummy to be Georgenna had a lovely time.”

Michelle Morrison, February 2016


“We had a fantastic summer holiday at Craigston – three rough and tumble families playing together in this incredible home. Monster games of hide and seek in 17th century closet and passageways. Full contact soccer on the front lawn. A treasure hunt and morning jogs in the forests and trails of the grounds. Lively meals round the enormous tables. Coffee and port by the fire in the drawing room with the kids asleep in the towers upstairs. Claus and Barbara were terrific hosts, gracious and friendly, with tips spot on for beaches, wildlife, golfing, and distilleries. A uniquely wonderful place.”

Tara, Summer 2015Scottish Castle Holiday revew


Holiday at Craigston Castle“My family and I stayed this summer at Craigston castle and we absolutely loved it. Claus and Barbara were the perfect hosts and this is the best place to truly experience Scotland! Thank you again and we hope to come back soon.”

Alessandra Baldeschi, October 2015


Local dance group, NEYDC, used Craigston as the location for their video ‘Haunted’. For more and to see the finished video click here.

Craigston - setting for dance video“This film would not have been the same without your kindness. Beyond grateful!”



“Thank you so much for your hospitality at Castle Craigston … we spent a wonderful and memorable week. Memorable because this authentic Scottish castle which boasts lovely interiors becomes your home – if only for a week 🙂
We also managed to take in the neighbourhood, both by car and (courtesy of owner) bike. The nearby cliffs and beaches are very picturesque (even, perhaps especially, in fog).
Thank you so much for allowing us to stay at the castle craigston. Thanks to this our stay in Scotland was special.
Thanks for the warm welcome and an amazing dinner on arrival.”

Ewa Sienicka from Warsaw,  October 2015


“The Castle is a unique and very interesting place to stay. The large historic building is authentic and unpolished and has a character and charm to it. Claus and Barbara are two of the nicest people I’ve met and looked after us so well. We really enjoyed our time there.”

Ben Hayes, September 2015


“It was such a privilege to meet you both – you made us so welcome and your magic touch on the parts of the castle you have restored were apparent. Colour, light and warmth along with your personal furniture and treasures were inspiring.”…

Sai & Stephen Dove, August 2015


_craigston-key“Thank you for a wonderful stay. It was an amazing experience for us, especially our children, to stay in a real castle, in four poster beds with stone spiral staircases and beautiful grounds. For us it was a perfect combination of grand adventure and warm friendly atmosphere. A holiday we will all remember.”

Tamsin & Steve Carter, August 2015


“What an amazing place! We spent a wonderful week here with friends and children and didn’t stop pinching ourselves to see if we were dreaming. Visiting Craigston is like stepping into the pages of a wonderful novel – the castle is beautiful yet homely and cosy, while every corner is crammed with extraordinary art, fabulous carvings and hundreds of years of history. Klaus and Barbara are sparkling hosts, they made us laugh and enthralled us with stories of their travels and the history of Craigston. We cannot recommend this highly enough as a great holiday for all of the family. Thank you everyone at Craigston for an unforgettable week.”

Ana Paula Lloyd, July 2015


“We chose Craigston for our honeymoon and could not have had a better trip. We really enjoyed our stay there sampling the local food (including excellent whisky) and visiting the stunning countryside. We were made to feel at home by the family.”

Craig and Kristen, USA


“I cannot begin to express the feelings of our family to have the privilege of spending 4 days at Craigston Castle starting with our Welcome party, the views, the Kitchen where we could cook freely, the bedrooms & bathrooms were delightful The drawing room with the beautiful fireplace everything was so relaxed. Each day was something new to see and do.”

Moira Adams, July 2015


“A wonderful place to spend a holiday even with small children.”

Moira Adams, July 2015


“We had the most amazing wedding day at Craigston and cannot recommend it highly enough.”

Carlo and Valeria, Italy


“I love Craigston Castle and the two special people we met Barbara & Clause … what a wonderful couple I miss you.”

Moira Adams, July 2015